"The future energy powerhouses" at the Berlin Energy Transition with Prof. Dr. Georgeta Auktor

In the past years the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has become a leading international forum for key stakeholders of the energy sector. On April 9th 2019 Prof. Dr. Georgeta Vidican Auktor participated in the panel on “The future energy powerhouses”.

These were the invited guests of the panel: David Patrician (moderator), Aziz Rabbah (Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco), Trần Tuấn Anh (Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam), Prof. Anton Anton (Minister of Energy, Romania),  Liping Jiang (Vice President of the State Grid Energy Research Institute, China), , and Prof. Dr. Georgeta Vidican Auktor.

The rapid growth of renewable energy and the associated changes in energy supply chains are likely to alter the power and influence of states and redraw the geopolitical map in the 21st century. The panel focused on what it takes to be a future energy leader and what implications the shift from fossil fuels to renewables has on individual countries and on the regional and global balance of power.

At the BETD high-level policymakers, industry, science and civil society are given the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas on a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition. In 2018, the conference was home to more than 2,000 participants from over 90 countries, including 40 ministers and state secretaries and more than 100 high-level speakers, exchanging on investment flows, system integration or long-time scenarios against the backdrop of dynamic innovation and the digital transformation.

Prof. Dr. Georgeta Vidican Auktor is a development economist working in academia, research and policy advice. Currently she is a professor at the Nürnberg Institute of Technology / Technische Hochschule Georg Simon Ohm and associate researcher at the German Development Institute in Bonn. Her research and teaching focuses on sustainable energy transition in developing and emerging countries, industrial policy and private sector development, innovation systems and policy, entrepreneurship and competitiveness, and technology and science policy. She earned her Doctoral and Masters degree in International Development and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. She has published extensively and has advised development cooperation stakeholders in Germany and the Middle East and North Africa.